believes there are between 150 million and 250 million gross barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) reserves within the outlined
area where Oxy has drilled six wells to date to delineate the discovery. The multi-pay zone discovery area, whose areal geological
extent is still being defined, has both conventional and unconventional pay zones. The bulk of the discovery's producing zones
are conventional oil and gas bearing formations.
Occidental's interest in the discovery area is approximately 80 percent.
Approximately two-thirds of the discovery is believed to be natural gas.
"We believe this to be the largest new
oil and gas discovery made in California in more than 35 years," said Dr. Ray R. Irani, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
"It is probable that there are additional reserves outside the defined
area, and it is possible that structures of this type exist elsewhere in Oxy's 1.1 million net acre position in California.
We plan to drill wells to exploit these opportunities over the next 5 to 10 years," Dr. Irani said.
Oxy is currently
the largest natural gas producer and third-largest oil producer in the state of California, where the company has produced
oil and gas for more than 50 years. Oxy's assets in the state include more than 7,500 active wells located in 90 fields, spanning
600 miles. Oxy's California proved reserves were 708 million BOE at year-end 2008 and represent approximately 24 percent of
Oxy's worldwide reserves
November 2011 Update - In terms of review of our major domestic assets. In California, for the year, we expect to drill and complete 154 shale wells outside of Elk Hills compared to
the 107 wells we had indicated at the beginning of the year. Including Elk Hills, we expect to drill 195 shale wells for the
year. We expect to drill and complete a total of 42 shale wells during the fourth quarter.
Our experience has been the
30-day initial production rate for these wells, depending on areas between 300 and 400 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
With respect to shale wells outside of Elk Hills, about 80% of the BOE production is a combination of black oil and high-value
condensate. The cost of drilling and completing these wells has been running about $3.5 million per well, and we expect this
to continue to decline over time. Our conventional drilling program is progressing somewhat better than planned.
has been no significant change in the -- of permitting issues in the state from our last call. We expect the current permitting
levels to allow us to have our program go forward at these levels and enable us to continue to grow our production volumes
in the state. We expect the production rig count to remain at the same 29 rig count, although we're likely to add a 30th rig
by the end of the year based on a current outlook
Other Companies Drilling in the Kern Oil Field:
Plains Exploration - PXP is evaluating its exposure to the recently announced positive industry discovery in Kern County, California. The
discovery area is under evaluation and apparently consists of conventional oil and gas bearing formations. PXP holds approximately
9,800 net acres in the Kern County area.
Plains Exploration PXP Drilling Update - In the California asset area, PXP has 3 drilling rigs operating onshore
where PXP continues its active development program in the Los Angeles and San Joaquin Basins.
Daily sales volumes onshore and offshore averaged 40,500 BOE per day net to PXP, or 7% higher than first-quarter 2011 and
slightly higher than the second-quarter 2010. Average daily sales volumes are expected to be above 41,000 BOE net per day
by year-end 2011.